The Use Of Extended Metaphor In Franz Kafka's Metamorphos

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka focuses on the twisted hidden identity of people and how it affects the society when it is revealed. Kafka depicts this ugly truth through an exaggerated extended metaphor of Gregor Samsa’s random transformation to a bug. Gregor is a travel salesman who found himself “transformed…into (1) one morning, and this transformation is what causes Gregor and everything around him to change: the ones he loved, the ones who loved him, and the rest of the society. Kafka’s usage of extended metaphor changes Gregor’s development, which argues the restricted social norms thus the social rejections when one reveals his or her true self: the animal instinct. The initial change in Gregor’s life is the first stage of his metamorphosis. …show more content…

The room foreshadows the outcome of Gregor. It is literally almost too small for Gregor to fit in; metaphorically, the society will not accept or allow a human in the form of a bug because the transformation is against what everyone were and have believed in. Despite the fact that Gregor has already transformed to a bug, his humanity still hides what has happened. Gregor did not want to believe what has happened. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense” (1). Like a normal human, Gregor acted on the natural human instinct. It is nonsense that a human turns into a bug over a night, and this thought is what defines Gregor as a human. Then, Gregor’s thought process starts to change. He started to worry about his job. Gregor is a travel salesman, a worker particularly. What the job does is unimportant comparing to the idea the job symbolizes. A job that requires no thanks and no real connections to people consumes Gregor’s mental mind. “You can never get to know anyone or become friendly with them” (1), Kafka points out that people drift too deep into the emptiness of

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